Crying in the Bathroom with Erika Sánchez and María Inés Zamudio


Event details

Date/Time Tue, Jul 12 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location Benito Juárez Auditorium
1450 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60608
Admission $10

Event description

Join us as we celebrate the release of Crying in the Bathroom, the new memoir by NY Times bestselling author, Erika Sánchez. The program will feature a conversation with Erika and WBEZ’s Maria Inés Zamudio followed by an audience Q&A.

The memoir, set for release in July, is a collection of essays covering everything from sex to white feminism to debilitating depression. Sánchez traces her life in deeply moving, wildly hilarious prose – from her misfit childhood growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in ‘90s Chicago, to struggles with her body and mental illness, to her rise to literary fame – as she invites us to peer into the life of a woman who charted a path entirely of her own making. Crying in the Bathroom is Sánchez at her best—a book that will make you feel that post-confessional high that comes from talking for hours with your best friend.

We’re proud to partner with Women & Children First on this event. Attendees can purchase a copy of Crying in the Bathroom as a bundle. A book signing will follow the event.

This event will be open-captioned.

No refunds will be allowed for this event.

About Erika Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez is a Mexican-American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf in July 2017, and was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, published in October 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers, was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. It is now is being made into a film directed by America Ferrera. Sanchez was a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow, a 2018 recipient of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and a 2019 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

About María Inés Zamudio

María Inés Zamudio is an award-winning investigative reporter. Zamudio is part of WBEZ’s Race, Class and Communities team. Prior to joining WBEZ, she worked for American Public Media’s investigative team. She’s worked as an investigative reporter in Memphis and Chicago for over a decade.

In 2014, Zamudio and a team of reporters from NPR’s Latino USA received a Peabody National Award for their coverage of Central American migrants. Zamudio’s story was reported from the Mexico-Guatemala border and it focused on the dangers women from Central America face while traveling through Mexico as they try to reach the United States.